We were very pleased (and proud) that for the first time at WEGC a student gained scholarship for Technology (and the first time a student has tried for a Technology scholarship). The Technology Scholarship Performance Standard requires students to present a reflective report based on their experiences in developing a technological outcome(s). There were 174 entries assessed throughout all NZ secondary schools, around 37% gained scholarships (meaning 63% were not successful).
The scholarship was awarded to Amelia Cordwell who developed an app using open source to manage coffee loyalty cards. Amelia was also a finalist with her friend Lana Cleverley in the recent NZ Open Source awards so 2016 turned out to be a good year for her.
This was quite a demanding feat given that WEGC focuses on pure digital technology standards ie programming, databases, web development etc… and not the more generic technology standards. (The technology curriculum incorporates food technology , hard materials, fabrics, design and visual communication as well as digital technologies).
I think Amelia will be a fantastic contributor to the IT industry in future years.